Alberta Highways - TCH 16
Photos progress westward in honor of Rich Piehl, whose photos helped me get started in the Prairie Provinces and specifically on this page. The photo above is my own, at the end of Connaught Dr. (old TCH 16) in Jasper.
A trio of westbound signs showing off different types of shields, courtesy Rich Piehl. The first is in Mundare at the eastern end of AB 15, which has its western end at TCH 16 as well (in Edmonton). The second photo shows off the outlined shields ubiquitous on older signs, whereas all newer ones have cutouts tacked on. Finally, in Sherwood Park, east of Edmonton, Highway 216 was slowly forming a loop around the city, but it took a long time after Rich visited to finally complete it, which is why AB 216 here has the destination of "101 Ave." and there is no northward exit. Different-size fonts on one sign isn't completely unheard of in Canada.
In 2013, work was in full swing to complete the northeastern segment of AB 216. As I head east, the tallest steel piles to the left and the tallest mound of earth to the right will support the future NB-WB flyover ramp, while work is simultaneously underway for the new AB 216 SB overpass (4th-5th photos) and the SB-EB flyover (last photo, coming in behind the exit). Exit 400B, which used to loop onto Meridian St. NB, now leads to AB 216 NB, and Meridian St. is a short, emasculated frontage road.
Coming around the EB Exit 400B loop ramp, it appears there are a bunch of precast panels in the infield for the future embankment walls and piles for the northern AB 216 SB bridge abutment across the way. I wanted to capture the left turn onto TCH 16 WB because there are now no more left turns at this interchange.
An eastbound progression of northward-facing photos showcasing the 1908 Clover Bar Railway Bridge across the North Saskatchewan River.
Two more WB photos courtesy Rich Piehl. The first features another outlined shield, west of Edmonton, with strange spacing and an unusual "NEXT EXIT" reminder. The second has an advance sign for Range Road 65, leaving Gainford and approaching AB 757.
The first photo showcases all that is special about AB 16. It is the Trans-Canada Highway, and it is also the Yellowhead Highway. Both designations apply to the entire transprovincial length of 16. You see this in a much weirder format in the second photo, because by now I've entered Jasper National Park. I know Canada law requires bilingual signage on Federal roads, but it's a little ridiculous to provide two shields just because "Trans Canada" is somehow deemed too English. I really don't see anyone complaining if they just used the same assembly as the first but added the "ouest" at bottom. Because otherwise, hey, make the tiny unreadable "Yellowhead" into "TÍte Jaune" if you're serious about this.
This sign is actually just after the first shield above, but I didn't want to interrupt my rant to caption it. You would normally not see "km" on a distance sign, but Jasper is a very touristy location and there are probably many Americans coming this way to get there.
I'm keeping these two WB scenery photos from Rich Piehl because there are two things I didn't capture during my travel: elk and a very Canadian warning sign. (The white border and black rays make it Canadian, not its maple flavour.)
Looking west at a railway bridge across the Snaring River.
Looking west and south along Maligne Rd. crossing the Athabasca River.
Into Saskatchewan on TCH 16
Onto AB 216
Onto AB 43
TCH 16 Non-Roads
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